It still blows my mind that I have submitted my ERAS application. It honestly feels like I started medical school the other day. After countless hours of studying, rounding in the hospital, taking NBMEs, taking Step 2–it’s all come to an end. Letters are in, personal statement has been written, and programs have been selected. Now all I have to do–is to wait for those interview invites to come on through!
As I’ve grown older, one thing I’ve realized is that I often forget to take a step back and reflect on how far I’ve come. Take time to revel in the fact that you’ve made it this far! No matter if you’re an MS1, MS2, MS3 or MS4, you’ve made it! If you’re an MS1, you just learned the structure and function of the entire human body in one year. If you’re an MS2, you’ve learned common things that can go wrong in the human body, and potential ways to treat them. If you’re an MS3, you’ve finished MS1 and MS2, and you’re seeing how your knowledge is applied clinically. If you’re an MS4, you’ve finished all of your required rotations, you’ve figured out what you want to be, and it’s finally time for that to become a reality!
It’s strange because I feel prepared and unprepared at the same time. I feel prepared to work, study, and try my best. However, I feel unprepared about being an intern, and having patients actually depend on my decision making!